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Published:Thursday | November 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Professor Nuts, deejay and a judge in Magnum Kings and Queens, stated in a TV interview with ER (Entertainment Report) that today's dancehall players are too open, sexually, when compared with the older generation. That recent interview speaks to a...

Published:Thursday | November 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last week, I ran into a friend of mine who operates a security company. He was facing difficulties in renewing his company's licence with the regulatory agency, the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA). He explained that he was being...

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

While the world reels from the fallout of women finding their voices about being raped and sexually harassed over the years, in Jamaica some men would have us believe the problem is a different one. The problem here (it would seem from numerous...

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Last week, The Washington Post published an intriguing report on the unfortunate case of Warren Demesme, a young black man from the American city of Louisiana who caused a stir in the courts with his use of a modern idiomatic expression. It was...

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica is about to adopt a new national identification law. It will require all citizens to enrol in a national database. Persons who do not enrol could be prosecuted and will not be able to access government services. The database would capture...

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

For the people who manage the personal wealth of Queen Elizabeth - who happens also to be Jamaica's head of state - it has been a difficult couple of days. They are having to explain why the Queen, through the Duchy of Lancaster, her private estate...

Published:Tuesday | November 7, 2017 | 12:07 AM

We sense a tepidness in Christopher Tufton's call for a national dialogue on abortion, as though it's something about which he is uncertain, if not fears, and as if it is not his to initiate. Well, as the health minister, Dr Tufton has as much at...

Published:Tuesday | November 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In light of abominable claims about sexual assault, sexual harassment and what I'd like to call sexual subjugation made against the Hollywood super producer Harvey Weinstein, I have been given cause to wonder how many of the most influential and...

Published:Tuesday | November 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Imagine, you send your good good girl pickney to university, and her roommate tries to slow poison her for weeks and secretly rubs her spit and menses all over your daughter's things. Sounds like the plot of the world's nastiest horror story? Well,...

Published:Tuesday | November 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If nothing else, surely, the Shane Alexis preckeh has underlined the urgency for radical constitutional restructuring?Shane Alexis (oops, sorry, 'Doctor' Shane Alexis) can claim credit for the effect his laissez-faire attitude towards Jamaican...

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 3:34 AMMichael Abrahams

A random act of kindness (RAOK) is a selfless act performed to help arbitrary strangers, for no reason other than to make them happier...

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The chaos and congestion on our urban and township roads is both cause and emblem of the nation's low productivity.Recently, at the graduation ceremony of one of our lesser-regarded high schools in the country parts, I asked a group of the boys what...

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

China Mieville, a novelist I much admire, has published a history of the October Revolution to mark its hundredth anniversary (which is actually on 7 November, since the Russians were still using the Julian calendar in 1917). It had an unusual...

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

If there are things for the Jamaican authorities to learn from the latest World Bank league table on the ease of doing business, it's how hard countries have to run just to stay in the same position and how much there is still to be done in the...

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

On Thursday, November 2, 2017 I was invited to a Ministry of National Security function, where several important plans were unveiled. Some are not ready for public disclosure, but the Five-Pillar Crime Strategy was highlighted in a brochure that was...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, who has sport and gender affairs in her ministerial portfolio, has noticeably dredged up a more than two-year controversy over the barring of girls from a cricket competition for high school boys, without offering policy...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Sexual harassment is a deadly serious affair. Just ask the notorious Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. And his victims! On October 5, the New York Times published a report claiming that Weinstein had been harassing women for more than 30 years....

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

He rode into the wild western town, a quiet character with a shadow of mystery. The town badly needed a hero. Its townsfolk were under pressure from a tyrannical set of thugs, and the sharecroppers were fighting to hold on to their land and dignity...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

One of the of the defining features of garrison constituencies is that they guarantee safe seats for those who create them. Not only are electoral contests one-sided one (the party that controls the garrison gets 85 per cent-plus of the votes) but...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In the constituencies of South and South West St Andrew the JLP simply conceded victory to the PNP and moved on to SE St Mary where they defined the nature of the campaign they intended to run by refusing to allow their candidate, Norman Dunn, to...

Published:Saturday | November 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Imagine a game where No Trump is worth more than any Trump and seven No Trumps is the highest you can reach. In fact, people who end up with Seven No Trumps rejoice more than those who are celebrating the arrests in the Mueller investigation. The...

Published:Saturday | November 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Sydney McGill

For nearly two decades, I planned and tried innovative ways of working with boys prone to be violent. While these methods had their strengths and weaknesses, they did the basic job of helping the youths to upgrade...

Published:Saturday | November 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Delinquent motorists, who failed to pay fines from as far back as 2010, got the break they were waiting for with the recent 91-day traffic-ticket amnesty.By paying their fines, these motorists were forgiven for breaking the law and their slates were...

Published:Friday | November 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

There has been no recently reported data on the subject, but in 2015, an estimated 108,000 Jamaicans sought treatment at a government health facility for mental illness. Nearly 80 per cent of these patients suffered some form schizophrenia.Those...

Published:Friday | November 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Over the past week or two, I have been having heated discussions with my callers about the current trends in the NBA. I have been at pains to tell them that the game is much different from what it was in a previous generation. The game is now...

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